California's San Joaquin Valley is the country's most productive farm belt: its fertile orchards and fields generate most of the nation's fresh fruit and nuts. Yet for the people who work and live near these farms, access to healthy and fresh food can be a daily struggle.
Jessica Ortiz struggles to figure out what to feed her five kids while her husband works in the vineyards and almond orchards. This feature paints an intimate portrait of the barriers to accessing healthy and affordable food for the families that harvest California's produce.
Part 2 of 3
What's for Lunch?
An estimated one in three children in the Central Valley lives in a home that experiences "food insecurity" - not knowing where their next meal is coming from. School meals are an important way to give children the nutrition they need, but Central Valley school districts struggle to source healthy, local food and combat childhood obesity.
Part 3 of 3
Every Apple Counts
Community members in the farmworker town of Pixley are improving their access to healthy food by rescuing produce from farms and backyards, and learning how to cook with home-grown vegetables.